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Full text of "Further Sources Of Vijayanagara History"

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59.    UTTAMA-NA&BL

In Saka 1354 (expired), Parltapi, Uttama-nambi built a
temple for Hanumantadeva and consecrated his image, both as
the service (kah&aryam) of Daksinasamudradhipati-dannayaka,*
who endowed ten new villages as tiruvidaiyattam tinder
Uttam a-nambi.

gUi p. 134.

60,   SOCIAL CONDITIONS IN THE 15TH CENTURY : SRINATEA.
[£riEatha, a great Telugu poet -who flourished in the first half of the loth century
A/D., was a great traveller. He visited several places in South India, which he described
graphically in verses, The following is a summary of a few of these verses xvhich refer to
places then included in the Vijayanagara empire.]
(a).   PALXAD.
Palnad in general : — Men of taste do not visit Palnad ; for,
(in that district) even a king- has to plough, and women,
though they may be as beautiful as the apsaras Eambha, have
io spin ; and even Manmatha (Cupid) has to subsist upon
millet (1).
The villages have no shops-, rice is not available for food;
the men are untidy, and the women ungainly ; water is scarce ;
and there are no gardens to please the eye ; men of merciful
and generous disposition are rarely met with. Why then
should one frequent Palnad? (2)
The villages oj Palnad : — Small stones — each of which is a
godling,— the water of the Nagula stream, blocks of granite,
the food of cooked millet and bajra, serpents and scorpions,
these constitute the common features of the villages in
Palnad (8).
The Village Purohifs house :— -The hygienic conditions
of the purdhtfs house baffle description: within the limits
of a house of one dfoiZt extent trampled by cattle (are massed
together) a cot, the dung of calves, rancid food, the excreta
of children, leaf platters, dirty linen, widows with unshaven
heads, cooking pots and heaps of fuel (4).
9 This was j»rcb*bly a gift by Lakka^a Dan^Syaka.